Senate Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Mandated Drug Addiction Treatment

Pittsburgh, December 8, 2017 − At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on Costa’s legislation that would enable families to seek court-ordered addiction treatment for their loved ones.

“As this opioid addiction epidemic worsens, it is imperative that we empower families to help loved ones in the throes of drug addiction to get the treatment they desperately need,” Costa said. “In many cases, this is a matter of life or death.”

Costa and Frankel Announce Grant for Wightman Park Rehabilitation and Development

 Pittsburgh – December 5, 2017 – Wightman Park, located in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, will be rehabilitated and further developed with a $500,000 grant from the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), according to state Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and state Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny).

“State grant funding for the rehabilitation and development of the park is critical,” Costa said.  “The funding will improve the facility and make it more open and accessible for the entire community.”

 

Lunch Shaming Legislation Update

Senator Jay Costa gives an update on his lunch shaming legislation. The legislation bars schools from publicly identifying or stigmatizing students, making students do chores or discard a meal from a student that has already been served if he or she can’t pay for it.

It also would require schools to provide a meal to a student who requests one regardless if they can pay for it unless their parent or guardian has given written permission to withhold the meal.

 

 

PA Senate Democrats Push Back on Trump’s ACA Enrollment Changes

HARRISBURG, November 1, 2017 — Following President Trump’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act by limiting open enrollment, the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus will ramp up efforts to ensure eligible individuals gain health insurance through the marketplace.

 

 

Lawmakers Applaud Measure Creating Trust Fund for Youth Impacted by Prison System

HARRISBURG, October 31, 2017 — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel applauded the passage of legislation to establish a public charitable trust to aid children impacted by the prison system and reverse the direction of youth who may be on a path leading to incarceration in Pennsylvania.

 

 

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